At the beginning of the year we asked for contributions from you, as parent/carers, on your experiences of getting your child/young person into residental school or college and the level of education and support once there.

We are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Good intentions, good enough?’ - Dame Christine Lenehan and Mark Geraghty’s review of residential special schools and colleges. Thank you to everyone who took part, we had an excellent response allowing us to feed your thoughts and experiences into the review.

The review aims to find practical outcomes for the government and other agencies who work with this group of young people. The children/young people in residential care often have the most complex needs and require the most intensive support.

The report contains a series of recommendations for government and other agencies, focusing on:

  • Ensuring children and young people with SEND get the services and support they need in their local community (in mainstream or special provision)
  • Ensuring that local areas have planned and commissioned provision strategically, so that it is available when required
  • Ensuring the accountability and school improvement systems enable schools and colleges to achieve the best possible outcomes

Read the full report to find out how these recommendations could be implemented in the future.